Tip 1. Camera Button/Command Setup
I learnt these setup tricks through experimentation and chatting to professional photographers. I find they make the camera easier to use and result in better photographs. They may take a little while to get accustomed to but I think you will find them useful once you have them mastered.
- Spot Metering mapped to FUNC button In a complicated scene that contains both bright and dark elements the camera’s metering can get confused. What I do is select an object that is ‘mid-grey’, aim the camera at the object and press/hold FUNC (the meter now is representing this object). I then adjust settings to correctly expose for this object and release FUNC. Now I recompose shot and start shooting. I review the histogram often to make sure my ‘mid-grey’ object was a good choice, and I found it takes some practice to select a good mid-grey object.
- Shutter Release button mapped to purely releasing shutter By default the Shutter Release also performs auto-focus. De-coupling these allows you to decide when to focus and when to shoot. This tip goes hand-in-hand with the next one…
- AF-ON (or AE-L/AF-L) mapped to AF-ON (Auto-focus) Since your thumb is right next to the AF-ON (AE-L/AF-L) button its no effort to tap this prior to shooting. What it allows you to do is decide which object you want to focus on without having to half-press/recompose for each shot. I found this one of the hardest changes to get used to, but once mastered it allowed complete control over the focusing.
Command Dials mapped to Menus and Playback
This maps the Rear Dial to next/previous photo and the Front Dial to cycle through shot info/histogram etc.
I find it much easier to flick through photos using the rear dial than the multi-selector (which requires you to adjust your grip on the camera).
There are two other advantages to this :-
- 1. It is very easy to zoom in and out since you just need to hold the magnification button while turning the rear dial.
- 2. The image-zoom isn’t reset each time you change image, meaning it’s very easy to flick through your images judging sharpness